Men's Golf 12th At Western Intercollegiate

Santa Cruz, Calif.-----A rebound and a spin from a pair of freshmen highlighted San Jose State’s final-round action at the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate men’s tournament hosted by the Spartans at the Pasatiempo Golf Course.

Jay Myers bounced back from a pair of 77’s with a one-over par 71 on the 6,511-yard Alister MacKenzie-designed course. After opening his round with a bogey on the 11th hole, the freshman from San Jose went under par with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 and was not over par for the round until bogeying his final hole of the round, hole 10. He finished tied for 29th place at 225.

Nick Brown, playing in just his fourth tournament of the season and as an individual entry, was one of two players with a hole-in-one on the par 3, 15th hole in final round action. Brown’s hard wedge landed 10 feet past the hole and spun back into the cup for the first ace by a San Jose State player this season.

As a team, the Spartans started the last day of the 54-hole tournament in 12th place and finished there with a 913 total. San Jose State counted Myers’ 71, a 73 from Mark Hubbard, Stephan Stallworth’s 77 and Aaron Conrad’s 81.

The University of Oregon, with four freshmen and a sophomore in its lineup, captured its second tournament win of the season with an 865. The Ducks had the low score of the final round, a two-over par 282 to pull away from second-round leader Fresno State, which entered the final round with a four-stroke lead over the field. Colorado tied Fresno State for second at 873. Michigan State was fourth at 874 and California rounded out the top five teams in the 18-team field at 885.

    Oregon State’s Diego Velasquez, a junior from Bogota, Colombia, picked up as his second tournament win in 2008-09 as the only player on the course to match or better par with his even par total of 210. He opened up a four-stroke lead over the field with an eagle-3 on the ninth hole, his third hole of the day, and never looked back.

    Defending champion Jack Newman of Michigan State and Colorado’s Derek Tolan tied for second at three-over par 213. Tolan was one of two players to post the low score of the final round, a three-under par 67. Fresno State’s Bhavik Patel and Vijarro of Oregon tied for fourth at 214.

    “Many thanks to everyone connected with the Pasatiempo Golf Course, the volunteers from the Northern California Golf Association, the participating teams and the spectators for supporting this year’s Western Intercollegiate. We had great weather and provided a very competitive opportunity for 18 teams from throughout the country,” said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. “Congratulations to Oregon winning the team championship and Diego Velasquez of Oregon State for the tournament’s best 54-hole score. The Western has a rich tradition and this year’s tournament adds another chapter to its storied history and place among outstanding college golf tournaments.”

Final 54-hole results from the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament
Pasateimpo Golf Course, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Par 70, 6,511 yards

Team scores

1. Oregon    865
2. Colorado    873
     Fresno State    873
4. Michigan State    874
5. California    885
6. Oregon State    888
7. Denver    893
8. Pacific    908
9. Long Beach State    909
10. UC Santa Barbara    910
11. Mercer    911
12. San Jose State    913
13. Saint Mary’s    914
14. Nevada    915
15. Wyoming    929
16. Kansas    930
17. Santa Clara    957
18. Brown    961

Leading individuals
1. Diego Velasquez, Oregon State    74-66-70-210
2. Jack Newman, Michigan State    73-71-69-213
    Derek Tolan, Colorado    69-77-67-213
4. Bhavik Patel, Fresno State    68-78-70-214
    Andrew Vijarro, Oregon    71-72-71-214
6. Pat Grady, Fresno State    68-73-74-215
    Eric Mina, California    72-76-67-215
    Robbie Ziegler, Oregon    72-72-71-215
9. Graham Baillargeon, Michigan State    71-74-71-216
10. Eugene Wong, Oregon    74-73-70-217

San Jose State scores
15. Mark Hubbard    69-80-73-222
29. Jay Myers    77-77-71-225
53. Stephan Stallworth    78-77-77-232
68. Rosco Valentine    77-76-84-237
80. Aaron Conrad    78-82-81-241
44. Nick Brown    75-78-75-228
61. Matthew Hovan    75-79-80-234
61. Ryan Collins    75-74-85-234